Sue's life

Location: Hungerford, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Ex-Solicitor who suffered a stroke in 2001. Am divorced and have two kids - Sarah who is 27 and Christopher, 25. Norman is my partner now and we like to get around as much as possible.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


If you’ve never seen the film “Kinky Boots” then you have missed something special. We went to see his at the Corn Exchange in Newbury and I haven’t laughed quietly to myself for a long time. (Norman had an audible giggle when the male black lead declared that he came from Clacton)
We have decided to do some serious travelling this year and have just booked a fortnight in Egypt, lazing about on the Sinai Red Sea coast before taking the Nile cruise and then spending a couple of days in Cairo. We have also booked 4 weeks in October near San Diego, California, on a Rotary house swap. We will be on an avocado orchard when not sight-seeing. Ken and Liz from Pinner will be coming with us for the first part of the journey, flying to San Francisco and then driving down through L.A. to Ocean View. We may get to go to Tijuana as well if we have time.
On the 15th, it was Norman’s Mum’s birthday (89) and we went down to Clacton to celebrate. It was good to see Jan and Ron again. The next day it was back home to see the local amateur dramatics society put on the Flower Drum Song which went down very well.
Our neighbour across the road, Mr Dods, died this month. He was 94 and was a real neighbour in the true sense of the word. He used to look after our garden for a long time until it got too much for him but he still took our rubbish bin out for the collectors every week but recently had to stop that as well. It is lucky that the Dods family is big and supportive as Mrs. Dods (almost the same age) is now on her own and very frail.
On the 26th we drove to London to see La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall. We took Christopher for lunch and made a very pleasant day out. With the disabled badge in the car we were able to park right outside the hall and only had a 20 metre walk to the entrance.
I am packing up the clerkship of the Town and Manor ( as I have been doing it for too long. Sylvia will make a great job of it, I am sure. It will leave me more time to travel, and I Like that.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

January 2006

Hello 2006.
Sarah came back from Florida on the 3rd and we were going to go to Birmingham for the day on the 4th, but I had an epileptic fit in the morning and so we thought it better for me to recover gently, so she went alone. I felt a lot better by the evening but am now suffering from a permanent neuropathic pain down my right side (which I cannot feel, so it’s damned confusing). Hopefully it will go away before too long.
Sarah went back to Singapore on the 6th. She is never home long, that girl, but I can’t imagine her settling back to life in England. Christopher is doing well at PWC and I will be glad when he has got his qualifications and doesn’t have to study so much. He is even giving up his rowing as it is too time-demanding to stay at the level he wants to row at.
On the 14th we went to Mike and Pearl’s for a potato and filling supper to raise money for Cancer Research. There were many old friends there and we raised quite a lot.
On the 19th Norman, Anthea and I took the train to London where we were to stay as guests at Annabel’s time share flat in the West End. Annabel had sorted out a hectic schedule for us and in the afternoon we went to the Royal Academy in Piccadilly to see an exhibition of 17th century Chinese art and culture – absolutely stunning. The evening found us at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Woman in White. I was very impressed – especially with the set being projected onto plain flats. The singing was good too. The next day we went to the Natural History Museum to see an exhibition of wild life photographs, winners of the Time Life awards. For all these museum visits, I get a wheelchair which Norman pushes and it is a lot more comfortable than walking round. After that we went and had a look round the Brompton Oratory, where I had never been before and on to an Italian restaurant, much used by Princess Diana and her kids, for lunch, before back to Paddington to catch the train home.
Not content with that, in the evening, we went to a silent film show at the Croft Hall (Buster Keaton’s The General) which was raising funds for a new arts complex in Marlborough. A very entertaining evening – and they even had a man playing the piano, just like the good old days.
The Bear Hotel, Hungerford has been bought by a family concern and they have spent a fortune refurbishing it (I believe they found a load of asbestos too). It now looks really great, and the food is reputed to be better as well. In order to prove this, Ken and Sylvia invited us for a dinner on the 21st and true – it is now a very recommendable eatery. Maybe Michael Winner might even go there.
The 29th we hosted Pat and Mary from Witney for lunch. I got some old photos out and bored the pants (not literally) off Norman, so he and Pat went through a load of music.

December 2005

Very remiss of me but I have been away from the Blog for too long. So here comes December.
In Hungerford each year the local Round Table sponsor a Victorian Extravaganza evening and this year was super. The shops are open in the early evening and serve hot toddy. The assistants dress up in Victoriana and there are hot chestnut vendors and rides for the kids. Old traction engines provide power for fairground organs and the town is virtually shut to traffic while people roam the streets. A really great evening and the weather kept fine for it.
We went down to Clacton on the 15th to take the presents as this year we were having Christmas at home. Norman’s family are all well and this year there are two new baby girls.
The 18th saw us hosting again, this time just a drinks and nibbles evening, but well catered by Jill Owen and Paul.
Sarah came back from Singapore on Christmas Eve and Christopher came home too. We went to the Three Tuns at Great Bedwyn for dinner as Sarah was flying out again on Christmas Day to go to Florida for a friend’s wedding. Chris was at his father’s on Christmas day and came back Boxing Day. Shirley and Pip and Anthea and her brother came over a non-Christmas lunch where Norman cooked a nut roast loaf (Shirley and Pip are veggies) but the rest of us lot had duck. Thank goodness everybody drank wine.
On the 27th we took Christopher back to London and went to the Tate Britain to see the Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition and followed it up in the afternoon, going to see High Society at the Shaftsbury. A very pleasant day out in London.
The next day was John Winchcombe’s birthday and he nobly provided a very nice lunch at a Spanish restaurant in Newbury – thanks John.
We then went down to Clacton for a quiet New Year – end of 2005